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2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews: New Jersey Nets

Posted by Neil Paine on October 22, 2010

Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!

New Jersey Nets

Coach: Avery Johnson

2010 Summary:
Record: 12-70, Finished 5th in NBA Atlantic Division
Pythagorean W-L: 17-65 (30th of 30)
SRS: -8.93 (29th of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 91.4 (24th of 30)
Offensive Rating: 100.6 (30th of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 110.5 (25th of 30)

2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)

Pos Player Age PTS TRB AST STL BLK TOV FG% 3PM 3P% FT%
PG Devin Harris 27 18.6 3.4 6.7 1.4 0.3 2.9 0.423 1.0 0.290 0.809
PG Jordan Farmar 24 14.4 3.6 3.7 1.4 0.3 2.0 0.437 1.9 0.374 0.667
PG Ben Uzoh 22
SG Terrence Williams 23 13.8 7.2 4.5 0.9 0.3 2.4 0.415 0.7 0.324 0.728
SG Anthony Morrow 25 16.2 4.8 2.0 1.1 0.3 1.4 0.476 2.3 0.462 0.871
SF Travis Outlaw 26 16.4 5.7 1.6 0.9 0.9 1.6 0.435 1.5 0.384 0.759
SF Stephen Graham 28 14.1 5.8 1.5 0.8 0.4 1.9 0.469 0.9 0.323 0.708
SF Quinton Ross 29 7.9 3.9 1.5 0.9 0.5 1.0 0.388 0.6 0.326 0.718
SF Damion James 23
PF Troy Murphy 30 15.7 11.2 2.4 1.0 0.5 1.6 0.469 2.0 0.404 0.803
PF Derrick Favors 19
PF Kris Humphries 25 14.8 10.6 1.2 1.1 1.3 1.9 0.452 0.1 0.329 0.687
C Brook Lopez 22 17.8 8.9 2.0 0.7 1.8 2.3 0.518 0.0 0.286 0.818
C Joe Smith 35 12.9 8.5 1.5 0.6 1.1 1.3 0.437 0.2 0.291 0.760
C Johan Petro 25 11.4 9.9 1.4 1.0 1.0 1.9 0.468 0.1 0.308 0.686
C Brian Zoubek 22

2010-11 Blogger Outlook by Sebastian Pruiti, netsarescorching.com & nbaplaybook.com

Strengths:
If the New Jersey Nets are going to want to beat teams, it is going to be on the inside on the offensive end. The New Jersey Nets have two above average offensive players in Brook Lopez and Troy Murphy, and maybe more importantly, they complement each other perfectly. Brook Lopez has a fantastic post game and he can face you up (from inside 10 feet) or he can back you down and hit you with a old school move. Troy Murphy is more of a shooter who can play the high post and keep doubles away from Brook. After pounding it inside, the Nets can kick it out to guys who can knock down threes, like Anthony Morrow and Travis Outlaw on the perimeter.

Weaknesses:
The Nets are really going to struggle on the defensive end. Out of their projected starting lineup (Harris, Morrow/T-Will, Outlaw, Murphy, and Lopez), there is only one competent defender amongst the group. Harris and Morrow were terrible defenders last year, and Troy Murphy and Brook Lopez might be the slowest PF/C center in the league. If the team buys into Coach Avery Johnson’s team defense style, they might have a chance. If not, they are going have to outscore people, and that is hard.

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